Prince Harry says he doesn't have many childhood memories of Princess Diana because he 'blocked them out'

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Prince Harry in "Harry & Meghan" and Princess Diana and Prince Harry during a trip to Thorpe Park theme park in 1993.Netflix; Julian Parker/UK Press/Getty Images
  • Prince Harry that he doesn't have many childhood memories of Princess Diana.

  • "The majority of my memories are of being swarmed by paparazzi," he said in "Harry & Meghan."

  • He does remember her "cheeky laugh," and that he is his "mother's son."

Prince Harry said he doesn't have many childhood memories of his mother, Princess Diana.

"My childhood, I remember, was filled with laughter, filled with happiness, and filled with adventure," Harry said during an interview in episode one of his new Netflix docuseries, "Harry & Meghan," which premiered on Thursday. "I don't have many early memories of my mum. It was almost like, internally, I sort of blocked them out."

"But I always remember her laugh, her cheeky laugh. Her always saying to me, 'You can get in trouble, just don't get caught,'" he continued. "I'll always be that cheeky person inside."

Earlier in the episode, news clips were shown of a swarm of royal fans waiting outside St Mary's Hospital in London to hear the announcement that Princess Diana had given birth to her and then-Prince Charles' second child, a boy named Harry. "Harry & Meghan" clips also show Diana asking members of the paparazzi to leave her family alone on a 1995 ski trip and paparazzi following William and Harry around after her death. She was killed in Paris in 1997 as her limousine drove away from paparazzi.

"The majority of my memories are of being swarmed by paparazzi," he said. "Rarely did we have a holiday without someone with a camera jumping out of a bush or something."

Despite not having many memories of his mother, he knows he lives his life in a way she would too.

"I think for so many people in the family, especially the men, there could be a temptation or an urge to marry someone who would fit the mold, as opposed to someone you are destined to be with. The difference between making a decision with your head or your heart," Harry also said in the episode.

"And my mum certainly made most of her decisions, if not all of them, from her heart. And I am my mother's son," he continued.

Volume I of "Harry & Meghan" is available on Netflix, and Volume II will air on December 15.

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